Coal is an issue in Senate race



You probably didn’t notice it, because it got the scant attention it deserved, but there has been a fuss over coal and energy between the main Kentucky Democrats running for the U.S. Senate. The details of the scuffle are less important than the questions it raises about their relationship, and that of our state as a whole, with one of […]

Fighting extremism with civility



WASHINGTON The most surprising and disappointing aspect of our politics is how little pushback there has been against the vile, extremist rhetoric that has characterized such a large part of the anti-Obama movement. President Obama’s administration has largely ignored those accusing him of “fascism” and “communism,” presumably believing that restraint in defense of dignity is no vice. Republican politicians, worried […]

Whom can you trust on climate change?



When President Obama attends the United Nations meeting on climate in Copenhagen, you can be sure that the deniers of global warming will go on a romp. They’ll dredge up weather forecasters, scientists hungry for attention and various grudge-holders to argue that the Earth’s temperature isn’t rising, or that if it is, humankind plays no part in the process. I’m […]

Nobody can take Christ out of Christmas



It’s December, which means it’s time to fire up Christian consumers to wage another battle in the mythical war on Christmas. Just in case we aren’t divided enough as a country, you understand. Focus on the Family, the group founded by conservative James Dobson, is calling for Christians to rate the “Christmas-friendliness” of retailers. The targets are stores that substitute […]

The Church is Jesus Christ



To the Editor: I am writing in reference to the article in The Mountain Eagle, Nov. 11, 2009, page 12, entitled ‘The Church by God’s Design’ by Robert Adams of the Church of Christ at Mayking, Kentucky. Mr. Adams, you asked the question, “How many of us know what the Church really is? I believe we will prove the Church […]

Praises Meade



To the Editor: The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to Letcher County Clerk Winston Meade for raising funds for the Paul E. Patton Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center (EKVC) located in Hazard, Ky. Through their “Hope for Tomorrow” program, the Letcher County Clerk’s Office […]

Services are held for Juanita Curtis



Juanita P. Vass Curtis, 82, died November 23 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. Born in Sweet Chalybeate, Va., to the late Charles E. and Pauline Brown Vass, she was the widow of Mark H. Curtis Jr. She was a sister of the late Charles E. Vass and Charles O. Vass. Mrs. Curtis was a member of […]

Services are held for Edward Baker



Funeral services for Edward Baker, 80, of Whitesburg, were held November 29 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery at Ermine. A son of the late Sherman Howard and Minerva Sergent Baker, he was the widower of Ada Ruth Addington Baker. He died November 27 at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. Surviving are three daughters, Sandra Kaye […]

Charles P. Reynolds buried at Thornton



Charles P. Reynolds, 69, died November 24 at Pikeville Medical Center. Born in Letcher County, he was a son of the late John and Emma Cloud Reynolds. He was a brother of the late Harold Reynolds, Jack Reynolds, Jan Gorman, Geneva Cornett, Donna Reynolds and Lorene Reynolds. Reynolds was an owner of Mark Mining and Equipment Company, and owner and […]

Rites are held for Isaac Mitchell Jr.



Isaac Mitchell Jr., 57, died November 24. Funeral services were held November 28 in Columbus, Ind.. Born in Letcher County, he was a son of the late Isaac Mitchell Sr. and Vera Boggs Mitchell. He was a brother of the late Wilkie Mitchell, Elwood Mitchell and Minnie Mitchell. Mitchell was retired from Cummins Engine Company, and received many awards during […]


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